APA Awards Night 2020 Nominations Now Open

Our Board

gary copolov

Gary Copolov

Chair Australian Patients Association

Gary is a Graduate of Monash University, where he completed studies in Law, Economics, Politics and Sociology. 

He is the founder and Managing Director of Gold Medal Marketing Pty Ltd. Gold Medal Marketing was established in 1991 to assist businesses to develop and implement winning Business Development Plans. Gold Medal Marketing provides consultancy and group workshop programs to manufacturers, retailers, importers and exporters. His experience involves Marketing and Management consultancy to a wide breadth of industries.

Stephen Mason

Stephen Mason


Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Mason was formerly CEO of Creative Brands Pty Ltd and Finance Director of ASX listed  Lemarne Corporation Ltd for over 10 years and Company Secretary of Lemarne Corporation for 20 years.He is a Director of Heritage Brands Limited and is Chairman of its Audit Committee and is also a Director/Secretary of two other private companies.Stephen has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University as well as a Diploma in Corporate Management. He is a Fellow of both the CPA and CSA, where he lectures occasionally, as well as a Justice of the Peace.Stephen has had previous experience managing start up organisations and is a life member of three clubs and/or associations. He has had strong community involvement in various clubs and not-for-profit organisations, including, Lord Somers Camp, Powerhouse, the VAFA and Save our Suburbs.

Michael RileyMichael Riley

BA (Public Relations)

Executive Director Strategy

Michael Riley has over 30 years’ experience in corporate affairs, government relations and advocacy, media relations, issues management, stakeholder engagement and grass roots community campaigns. His background includes experience in the public and private health sectors, the global pharmaceutical industry, large ASX listed companies, a government owned authority, industry associations and as a consultant to companies operating in highly regulated industries around the world. He commenced his career as a journalist with News Limited and has a Bachelor of Arts degree.

In 2010, he founded the Australian Patients Association and has worked in the NFP sector advocating for victims of elder abuse.

John ShinkfieldJohn Shinkfield

Dip F.S. (Brok), ANZIIF (Sen. Assoc), QPIB, CIP

John Shinkfield is an influential and experienced International Insurance Broker with over 46 years of uninterrupted practice in the Insurance Broking industry. He has also worked in the London insurance market as well as traveled extensively to expand his expertise. His focus during this extended period beside holding a number of Executive Management and Directorial positions has been the procurement, placement and maintenance of large corporate insurance programmes, with the Mining Industry being a specialist interest of recent years. Captive Insurance Company management coupled with Risk Management practices and Risk Identification are areas that have also occupied his interest over an extended period. The art of negotiation being a fundamental requirement in fulfilling a successful Insurance Broker role.

Zena Burgess

Zena Burgess

Dr Burgess was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RACGP from 2008 until 2019. She is a director on the boards of the Victorian Farmers Federation and the Australian Patients Association. Former directorships include President of Bicycle Network, Australian Medicines Handbook, Mental Health Professionals Network, Box Hill Institute and CAE as well as several other statutory appointments. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Psychological Society.

Susan Dalliston

Based in Canberra, Susan is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for the Seeing Machines Group. Prior to joining Seeing Machines, Susan was General Counsel & Company Secretary for an advanced biofuel company with a patented process converting biomass residues into biocrude.

She has several years’ experience advising on financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, contract negotiation, commercialisation of intellectual property, governance and risk management. Susan has held a position on the board of Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in addition to being the ACT President for ACC and has been on the advisory board for APA for the past year.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property. She has undertaken the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD), is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and holds an unrestricted practicing certificate through the ACT Law Society.

Alana Jordan

MCommrclLaw, MBusSys, BBus/BComm

Alana is Co-Founder|Director of 8Pillars Pty Ltd, a Management Consulting Organisation specialising in Professional Consulting; Education and Products.  As a seasoned professional, she is a passionate Project Manager & Business Digital Transformation Specialist, Strategist & Educator with an extensive work history across Tier 1/2 organisations/industries and State Government.  She has managed end-to-end large scale Business Digital Transformation programs of varying size, complexity, cost and duration, as a Business and Technology consultant.

 She holds a Master of Commercial Law from Melbourne Law School, along with multiple degrees and certifications across all areas of business administration, and has exceptional business acumen in Program/Project Management, Digital Strategy, Transformation, Change Management, Negotiation, Procurement, Business Analysis, Marketing and Education/Training.

 She is a passionate patient advocate, as a seasoned expert in the field of being a patient in Australia’s challenging healthcare system, she understands the challenges patients face and wants to improve the healthcare system to ensure fair and equitable services for all patients and carers.